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Daily review 13/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 13th, 2021 - 13 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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13 comments on “Daily review 13/04/2021 ”

  1. Jester 1

    Just heard an advert for Prime news, they said "What brought Judith Collins to tears in Parliament today?" I didn't know there was another poll out today…LOL

  2. joe90 2

    Got their stripes on.

  3. Nic the NZer 3


    Part two of the cliff hanger series, how to understand QE.

  4. greywarshark 4

    How would we argue that this was a legitimate way of doing business – casinos being such?

    …Junket operators are agencies that recruit high-rollers into organised casino trips, fund their gambling and collect whatever debts are owed.

    They also collect a commission from the casino based on the collective gambling of the players.

    Australia has been studying the behaviour of casinos. It is a pity and a shame if we have to wait for Australia to do something before critiquing our own behaviour. But apparently ours are tied in with those of Oz. Just another way of sucking our income out, if the banks don't get you, the casinos will. Perhaps RNNZ tightening up on the banks and their probity has had a downstream effect.

    However, junkets had come under scrutiny recently, after an Australian inquiry into a Sydney-based casino found that operators posed a money laundering risk, with some linked to organised crime groups.
    SkyCity said it would now be consulting with its businesses in New Zealand and South Australia about the changes.

  5. greywarshark 5

    The world won't have enough wood left to make a Pinnochio soon.

    The report, 'Licensed to Clear', details poor implementation of peatland and forest protection policies of the government of President Joko Widodo's administration.

    These include forest and oil palm moratoriums which have lacked enforcement in Papua.

    Greenpeace's researchers analysed Environment and Forestry Ministry records for the report which delves into the murky system of permits for forest clearance and palm oil plantations.
    They found that the size of forest estate land released for plantations in Papua Province from 2000 to 2019 was almost a million hectares.

    I have come to believe that there are no clean palm oil or palm kernel sources no matter what 'hand on the heart' allegations are made.

  6. greywarshark 6

    Ettie Rout was battling government twitchiness about facing up to this sexually transmitted disease 'getting at' NZ soldiers in WW1! Here we are 100 years later and the government has stepped so far back from its responsibilities on everything that the dread disease is here in force apparently. Fancy that! I don't!

    At least one leading academic says there's also a need for more up-to-date data and contact tracing to get on top of the disease.
    Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted infection that can be treated and cured with antibiotics. If it isn't treated however, it can over time affect the brain, spinal cord and other organs.

    The select committee released a report last month as part of its 2019/2020 annual review of the Counties Manukau DHB. It said 40 percent of syphilis cases in New Zealand were in the Counties Manukau area.
    "Counties Manukau DHB told us that extra resourcing for primary care would be key to reducing the incidence of syphilis, and other reproductive and sexual health issues," it said.

    Syphilis: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment – WebMD
    https://www.webmd.com › Sexual Conditions › Reference
    What Is Syphilis? Syphilis is a highly contagious disease that's mostly spread through sexual activity, including oral and anal sex. The infected person often doesn't …

    Fortunately the effects today are not as devastating as in history but nevertheless not to be regarded lightly.




  7. KSaysHi 7

    No visitors. No stability.


    With the trans-Tasman bubble about to open, Philip-Barbara feared things could be about to get worse.

    “I think the announcement that the travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia is opening up this month raises the spectre or urgency around solving this problem for New Zealand's children."

    In the audio version starting 4:46mins in the quote continues

    "I'm sure any decent New Zealander would be horrified if they knew that children were being moved out of motels to make space for tourists"

    It's interesting that NZ children and adults who matter too have been displaced for years to make room for all manor of people from overseas. This hasn't bothered the government before so can't see them changing now… should we be begging to slow immigration into NZ? I think we should.

    • Graeme 7.1

      They should be pretty safe. The motels that ended up as emergency accomodation hadn't had a viable market in tourism for some time prior to covid. The market had moved on to much newer properties and AirBnB. Most of them should have been demolished and rebuilt 20 years ago, or longer. Emergency accomodation has saved a lot of motel operators who were in deep trouble.

      Even in those 'newer market' sectors, the TT bubble won't be the saviour many are hoping for, there's probably still 50 -70% over-capacity in the motel industry based on even the best projections of what will come out of it. Around Queenstown the bubble seems to be only helping a small market at mid – upper level, say a place with 10 room.s at $5-800 / night, they are quite happy, Rydges at $1-200 / night, not so much apart from wholesale bookings for ski season which will be sold the week before travel. Looking at flight bookings, the next couple of months are mainly visiting friends and families, rather than tourist routes.

      Look at the reports of a boom from the bubble as press releases churned out by these accomodation providers to kick the bank manager down the road for another couple of months.

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